Q: When is a Coke can an elephant (or possibly a giraffe)?

January 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Eco Street

A: When Farai’s had his creative way with it!

Farai is a member of the Mother City Craft Collective, a collective of traffic-light crafters who you can see selling their wares as you drive through the streets of Cape Town.   This group of Zimbabwean crafters have joined forces to expand their market and create an alternative outlet for their crafts, an online shop.  This has brought a new set of challenges for these artists, because the traditional wire & bead and wirework crafts that they produce are pretty heavy, which results in very high postage costs.

To reduce the price of postage (and consequently the carbon footprint of the piece) Farai has come up with an interesting solution.  He’s using recycled materials that are a lot lighter than the materials that he usually works with.

These recycled Coke can animals and more are available from the Mother City Craft Collective’s recycled range, and as you’ll see, both the cost of the products and the postage costs are considerably less than the traditional.  While buying crafts from this store makes a huge difference in the lives of these traffic-light crafters, by choosing from the recycled range you will be making a huge difference to the environment too.

So while necessity is the mother of invention, isn’t it great when it also leads to recycling, reusing and a greener way of doing things?

 


Our polluted world – an infographic

January 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Eco Street

Click to view the full size image on the Reusable Bags website

pollution around the world

Source: Reusable Bags


Cameras at the ready… it’s ‘The Greener Me, The Better Us’ Video Contest

January 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Eco Street

The Environment Action Association (EAA) has just announced their very first annual environmental video contest “The Greener me, the Better us.”

EAA invites you to submit a funny, creative video portraying how each of us can reduce our environmental impact and what we can do to protect Mother Earth.

Topics include but are not limited to: energy & water conservation, recycling, composting, buying local, reusing, and consumption, etc.

Anyone 18 years or older living in US is invited to use a camcorder, camera or mobile device to record a video clip two minutes or less.

To enter, you can upload the video to either of the following:

  1. EAA Facebook Page ‘Environment Action Association
  2. Your “YouTube” account under the subject of EAANYC-The Greener me, The Better us and tag EAANYC.

Videos will be judged on originality, creativity, adherence to theme and number of page views generated.

The contest runs from Jan 5 to March 5, 2012. Winning videos will be announced on Earth Day and available for online viewing at environmentaa.org and on the EAA facebook page.

Rules of the contest:

  • Videos must be PG rated
  • Videos should be 2 minutes or less
  • Finished videos must be uploaded to YouTube
  • You may submit more than one video
  • If filming others, you must have their permission before it gets posted to YouTube
  • Videos must be posted and the link along with the entry form sent to eaanyc@gmail.com by no later than midnight Eastern Time, Monday, 5 March 2012 to be included in the competition.
  • Entry forms are available upon request by emailing eaanyc@gmail.com

Prizes:

  1. First place -$300 cash
  2. Second place -$200 cash
  3. Third place -$100 cash

The Environment Action Association reserves the right to eliminate any video is done is poor taste, deemed inappropriate and/or does not meet the requirements above.


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